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English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.


Present Continuous Tense

(example : to play)



Affirmative Negative Interrogative
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I am playing I am not playing I'm not playing Am I playing?
You are playing You are not playing You're not playing Are you playing?
He/she/it is playing He/she/it is not playing He/she/it's not playing Is he/she/it playing?
We are playing We are not playing We're not playing Are we playing?
You are playing You are not playing You're not playing Are you playing?
They are playing They are not playing They're not playing Are they playing?
The present continuous tense is used:

  • To talk about continuous activities :
    • At the time of speaking :
      • I am reading this page now.
    • Around now, in a more general sense :
      • I am learning English this year.

  • To talk about planned future activities or intentions :
    • Tom and Mary are coming to dinner tomorrow. They called to confirm.
    • I am spending my holidays in Australia. I have already booked my flight.


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    See also:   'Be going to' for the future